Valentino Rossi is surely facing his hardest season start in the FIM Road Racing World Championship Grand Prix (MotoGP). The performance shown by the Yamaha M1 of the seven times World Champion is far away of what the Italian expects. "Sunday...
Valentino Rossi is surely facing his hardest season start in the FIM Road Racing World Championship Grand Prix (MotoGP). The performance shown by the Yamaha M1 of the seven times World Champion is far away of what the Italian expects.
"Sunday was the second time in the first four races that we`ve scored virtually zero points and on both occasions it hasn`t been our fault", reflected Rossi after his retirement last weekend in the Chinese GP.
The beginning of the season wasn't as good as Rossi and Yamaha have shown in the last couple of years. The chattering problems of the M1 have been the main item responsible for this situation.
"Luck has definitely not been on our side but the most important thing now is to sort our problems out as soon as possible because we have a run of important races coming up - starting at Le Mans. The next four or five rounds in Europe are the 'main course' of the season and it is a critical time for us", Rossi said.
After four rounds, Rossi appears sixth in the standings positions with 40 points, while the lead is in hands of Nicky Hayden with 72 units.
"We are up against good riders on good machinery and we have to be at our maximum level to be able to beat them. I am already a few points behind the leader but the championship is very long, I have a lot of confidence in my team and we have time to put things right", he commented about the title fight.
Rossi holds one podium so far this year and it was in Qatar, where he drove a great race to take victory in Doha.
`The Doctor`, one of Rossi`s nicknames, knows that the French GP to be held in Le Mans circuit next Sunday could be the good scenary to find back the lost pace.
"We have got some new things to try at Le Mans so hopefully they can help us find a good base set-up but still have enough room for improvement to keep the pace with our rivals over the weekend".
"Le Mans is not one of my favourite tracks but last year it was very good for us. I took pole position, the fastest lap of the race on the final lap and the victory and Colin was also on the podium, so it was a perfect weekend for us. We hope this weekend can be the same", he finished.
The hope and the chances are right there. It will be a matter of hard working for Rossi and Yamaha. That`s the only way to have the World Champion back were he belongs: The top.